Tuesday, May 11, 2010
A Written Review: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner was a very good film. It had some excellent writing, good acting, and all around good cinematography. However, the film’s main focus isn’t on any of these more technical aspects. The main defining feature is, of course, the way the film deals with the issue of racism. While this film’s accomplishments in the area of racism are still dwarfed by its predecessor, To Kill A Mocking Bird, it still managed to strike a chord with middle America.
The acting in this film was very good. This was due to, in large part, to the all-star cast. From Spencer Tracy all the way to Katherine Hepburn, the casting in this film was top notch, reminiscent of 12 Angry Men in the way that every single actor played their part beautifully.
The script in this film was also quite good. While I do feel parts of the film could have been trimmed down, the screenplay felt real. In real life people tend to repeat things to drive the point home and while I do feel that some of the recap and rehashing of previous events by certain characters was excessive I do feel that almost all of the characters felt like real people to me.
All-in-all, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner was a good movie and close to a great movie. With performances by some of the top actors of the day and a hard hitting story, this film has continued to reverberate its message through its decades of release. While I wouldn’t call this one of my favorite films of all time, I will say that it’s one I’m glad I watched.